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A Home Away From Home

At Elmira, we believe student success is about being focused, engaged, and active on campus. Based on this, Elmira students live on campus for their four years. From getting to that early class on time to convenient access to everything you need — dining locations, student support services, tutoring, study groups, hangouts with friends, campus events, and athletics events — the perks of living in the heart of campus are endless. Did we mention that students who live on campus tend to have higher GPAs and graduate on time? 

The First-Year Housing Experience

A residence hall is more than a place to rest your head. It's the place where you and your friends imagine what's possible. After all, your new home — your residence hall — was built specifically with you in mind. Our living spaces were created and designed to foster connections, to spark conversations, and to ignite your passions. Here, you will not only dream of what's possible but you will also have the support to make those dreams a reality.

Find Your Perfect Roommate

When it's time to register for housing, you will have the option to request a specific roommate or fill out a questionnaire with your preferences. If you opt for the questionnaire, you will be asked several questions to help you find a potential roommate, ranging from your sleeping habits, personality, and what you are looking for in a roommate. If you have a specific roommate you want to live with, you can search for and confirm your roommate once you complete your application. 

Returning Students

As a returning student, you have the added benefit of choosing where you would like to live on campus each year and selecting your roommates. Additionally, there are unique room types only available to upper-level students, including single rooms, suite-style rooms, and two-bedroom apartments.

Upper Classmen Housing Options

Special Interest Housing Options

A group of students walk by Meier Hall
Two female students laugh while sitting on a futon in a dorm room

Live and Thrive in the Residence Halls

A Sense of Community

Entering college sometimes comes with new changes. Whether it's sharing a room for the first time, getting involved, or starting college classes, the first year can be overwhelming. It's in the residence halls that you make friends and find support systems that can last a lifetime. Each floor has a Resident Assistant, a student staff member who helps answer your questions and help you find solutions to problems. Resident Assistants also plan activities and events that bring the hall together, creating a home away from home.

Spaces to Connect

From lounges to rec rooms to outdoor patios, there is always a place to gather with friends. It's common to see students coming together for movie nights or playing video games together. The large outdoor areas around the buildings are great for bigger gatherings. 

Amenities Galore

Each hall has unique amenities, warmth, and charm. It's more than a building with four walls; your residence hall is a place to relax, study, and connect with friends. Each hall has lounges for relaxing and connecting with other students, a pantry to store snacks, and a laundry room. Have a floor-wide ping-pong or pool tournament, play lawn games with your friends, relax in front of a fireplace, or practice piano with a picturesque view of campus.

Four students play Jenga in a residence hall lounge
A group of students get ready to bake some cookies in a residence hall kitchen
A group of female students hang out and enjoy some popcorn in an Anderson Hall dorm room

A Welcoming and Helpful Staff

It’s easier to adjust to college life when you have someone in your corner. That’s why Elmira makes sure that every residence hall is supervised by a professional staff member in addition to student staff. The Community Coordinator (CC) lives in the building and is responsible for making sure the hall runs smoothly. These are the people who you can go to for advice, for help with an issue, or just to have a talk.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to live on campus all four years?

Yes. Elmira College has plenty of rooms in their residence halls. Our feeling is that when undergraduate students live together, they can support each other while having a good time. The exception to living on campus is any undergraduate student who lives with a legal guardian within 30 miles, is 23 years of age or older, or is married or living with biological children.

What is the housing selection process?

Incoming first-year students start by completing a survey about their habits. Questions include study habits and living routines. Then, you will be matched with a roommate with similar interests. Upperclassmen will use the Housing Selection process for their residence hall options.

Who do I talk to if I have an issue or question as a resident?

We want to take good care of every student. So, each residence hall is supervised by a professional staff member, the Community Coordinator (CC). The CC lives in the building that they are supervising. Each floor has a student staff member who is a Resident Assistant or RA. Elmira College Residence Hall staff members are given extensive training to help meet the diverse needs of students.

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